English errors from ESL students – Verse 1

Can you spot any errors in the below sentences? Please leave a comment below.


  1. Please excuse me. I have to leave now to put my children to sleep.
  2. I am really busy right now. Can we discuss tomorrow?
  3. Only a few of us would get to make interesting things. This is sad. Would you prefer stacking shelves in a supermarket than making scientific instruments?
  4. We just met. Please don’t hold my hand. After people will gossip.
  5. I have a cocktail this Friday at the office. Would you like to join me?
  6. For a typical Singaporean breakfast, it doesn’t get better than a cup of Kopi with Kaya Toast and two half boiled eggs drizzled with dark soy sauce!
  7. I am 6 weeks pregnant. Is it recommended to drink snakehead fish soup (sang yu soup) during this time?
  8. Tickets will go on sale at 9AM BST on Tuesday 9th October and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  9. Sorry. I left only one Japanese crab. Can take local crabs instead?
  10. The CEO informed that he will increase everyone’s salary by 10 percent.
  11. Today’s census is expected to confirm that a greater proportion of the UK’s households now comprise of single parents, adult children living with their parents, or pensioners than 10 years ago when the last census was conducted.
  12. When we discuss about giving maids one day off Singaporeans worry about what the maids will do during their day off, yet they trust the maid to look after their expensive homes and their children.
  13. She said, ‘you can send me home but can not have supper with me because I am meeting my friends for supper.’  I took the opportunity first and locked her in by agreeing at 10pm, she finished work and hop into my car parked.
  14. I heard that you moved to Singapore permanently, where do you stay in Singapore?
  15. My dad doesn’t like that actress who tries to copycat the Americans.
  16. I didn’t want to choose a gift that can be found a duplication somewhere.
  17. I designed this album as a gift for my girlfriend with a photo-editing software. I wrote some sweet messages expressing my feelings of each photo.
  18. ST understands one new criteria could be for the presidential candidate to have experience working in an international sports federation.
  19. After 43 years of independence, Singapore comes a long way in terms of development, from a once fishing village to today’s bustling urban city.
  20. Persuading Japanese companies to do business with us is very challenging. During the meeting with one of business partners, Kodansha, the biggest publisher in Japan, I was bombarded with difficult questions.

Ban Smoking in Public places

As a consequence of the increased awareness to the havoc that smoking can do to people’s health, there is an increasing number of countries that have imposed a ban on smoke in public spaces.  This trend around the world is a positive development, which would provide ammunition to the implementation of smoke-free public areas globally.

Firstly, imposing laws that prohibit people from smoking in public can greatly increase public health, which in turn helps governments to maintain long-lasting economic growth. Smoking in public is the main cause of involuntary secondhand smoking, which does far more harm to people’s health. These negative impacts are particularly harmful to minors and those with respiratory problems, hampering economic growth. Thus, the way to reduce these health risks is for the authorities to restrict areas where smoking is allowed.

Another benefit of keeping smoking private is the discouragement of smoking in society. Such bans can reduce the visibility of cigarettes to the public. If no one was to smoke openly, there would be fewer people aware of cigarettes and, thus fewer people would start smoking. Moreover, banning it in public sends a message that smoking is not socially acceptable.

With these two main benefits of clamping down on public smoking, I strongly believe that we can create a non-smoking society, which can lead to a healthy and prosperous future for humankind.

idealism and realism in Art

A wrong answer from my IELTS practice today enticed me, a layman of art to wade through the scientific papers about the idealism and realism in art. Here is my findings:

Idealism artists believe that there is a limitation of what can be seen naturally, therefore, they perfect and embellish what they behold. One good example is the Distant View of Niagara Falls in 1830. The image represents  little of actual landscape near the falls at the time, which was marked by factories and hotels.


On the other hand, Realism in art usually means copying or imitation of objects and scenes. For instance, Portrait of an Old Woman, by a German artist of the 18th century Balthasar Denner, pays special attentions to the details of the face. He aimed to copy every wrinkle on the face as if it was  photographed.



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